Journalists march for press freedom

Journalists march on Istiklal Street in downtown Istanbul on World Press Freedom Day to call for a free media on the World Press Freedom Day. Journalists in Turkey marked World Press Freedom Day on Sunday under a cloud of diminishing press freedom in Turkey amid growing threats to their profession as they face unprecedented and…

Journalist Union slam jail terms sought for columnists over Charlie Hebdo cover

Press unions and associations have strongly criticized Turkish prosecutors for seeking excessive prison sentences for two columnists, Ceyda Karan and Hikmet Çetinkaya, who write for the Cumhuriyet daily, for their articles that featured the front cover of the French Charlie Hebdo magazine depicting the Prophet Muhammad. The İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office had launched a…

Social media ban draws harsh reactions from TGS

Access to major social media outlets – Twitter, Facebook and YouTube – were blocked on Monday via a court order issued over the extensive sharing last week of photographs of a terrorist holding a gun to the head of an İstanbul prosecutor hours before the prosecutor was killed. Twitter was reopened to access on Monday…

It’s hard to be a press fredom hero, says Kuleli

The secretary-general of the Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS), Mustafa Kuleli, has said that since the corruption probe that incriminated government ministers and businessmen went public in 2013, more than 100 lawsuits have been filed against 60 journalists, as part of the government’s increasing intimidation of reporters. In his meeting with EU Commissioner for European…

Mustafa Kuleli

Making trade union ‘trendy’

Board members of the Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS), together with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), organized this weekend (21-22 March 2015) in Istanbul the union’s third Strategic and Development workshop in a year. This was an opportunity for the new board (elected at the TGS Congress…

Hahn: Further progress needed on press freedom

In a meeting with delegates of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) on Friday 20 March 2015, the EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Mr. Johannes Hahn, has called for more progress made on press freedom in the West Balkans and Turkey. Commissioner Hahn expressed his concerns about media freedom in West Balkans…

EFJ-IFJ monitoring press trials in Turkey

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) last week sent journalist Barry White (NUJ UK) to observe the new press trials in Turkey, 29 – 31 January. Barry White, also a member of the EFJ Steering Committee, was joined by Mustafa Kuleli (General Secretary of the Journalists Union of…

TGS condemn journalist detentions

Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS) and Journalists Association of Turkey (TGC) have condemned the detention of journalists in a police operation on Sunday while describing the development as an open attack on media freedom in the country. Zaman Editor-in-Chief Ekrem Dumanlı, Samanyolu TV network executive Hidayet Karaca and a number of other journalists, columnists, scriptwriters…

EFJ Supports Ethical Journalism in Russia

Some 53 delegates from 26 countries representing trade union organsations and professional associations of journalists at the Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) in Moscow on 21 November expressed their solidarity and full support for ethical journalism and the struggle of Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) to defend independent journalism and the…